• Scholarship Application Process
     
    Students should complete the following to-do list when applying for scholarships:
     
     • Check the Naviance scholarship section weekly for new scholarship opportunities.
        Each student has a Naviance account which they can access with their user name and password.

    • Before filling out applications, make a working copy in order to “rough out” responses.
       Look over the entire application to determine what parts the student must complete.

    • Obtain and keep one to two letters of recommendation available. (Scholarships often require
       a letter of recommendation). If asking someone for a letter of recommendation, make sure
       that you give them at least two weeks notice.

    • Use information from Career Enrichment Classes to assist your completion of applications.

    • Create a reference list of extra-curricula activities at BVT and in the community in which
       you have participated.

    • Emphasize any leadership responsibilities that you may have had such as class officer or
       co-captain of a team.

    • Keep a list handy of volunteer activities that you have participated in at BVT and in 
      the community.  Scholarship applications often look for commitment in these activities
      such as  “Every week I volunteer two hours for my town library.”

    • Complete all materials for scholarships neatly, accurately, and on time. Deadlines are
       important. Keep in mind that if a Transcript is needed with the application you need to
       request this from Guidance at least three business days before the deadline.

    • Check places where you work, your own town high school Guidance Department, and
       any clubs or organizations where you belong for scholarship opportunities.

    • Check and recheck the application for accuracy.

    • Check due dates and mailing dates, they can difer from applcation to application  - some are delivered by , some are postmarked by etc.
       Most applications will not be accepted if not submitted by correct date.

    • Make a personal copy of your application. File for safe keeping.

    • Make an appointment with your counselor if you have additional questions.
     
     
  • Have Scholarship Questions?
     
    For more information on scholarship materials,
    inquiries and opportunities, contact:
     
    Ms. Eithne Smith
    Scholarship Coordinator
     
    508–529–7758  x2260 
    esmith@valleytech.k12.ma.us
     
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    How Your School Counselor Can Help
    • During Career Enrichment classes, each counselor will present information on:
    • How to read the scholarship applications, (eligibility criteria, application requirements, deadlines)
    • How to use the Naviance web site to view scholarship opportunities
    • Time management for applying for multiple scholarships
    • If a student has additional questions or needs further explanations, the counselor will be available for an individual appointment.
       (There are sign up sheets in the School Counseling Office.)
    • If a student needs a letter of recommendation from his/her counselor, an individual appointment must be scheduled.
       (The counselor usually needs to ask some questions before writing the letter.) Please request these meetings at least 2 weeks
       prior to the application deadline date.
     
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    How Parents Can Help
     
    • Discuss with your son/daughter your willingness to help complete applications.
    • Review this scholarships section of the Naviance website with your son/daughter on a regular basis (at least once a week)
    • Help your son/daughter organize scholarship applications by deadlines.
    • Read the application with your son/daughter after it is complete. 
    • Encourage your son/daughter to set up an appointment with his/her counselor to answer any questions that remain AFTER
       he/she has completed as much as he/she can.
    • Keep copies of applications. (Sometimes different scholarships may ask for the same information).
    • Check your place of employment, and any clubs or organizations where you belong, for additional scholarship opportunities.
    • Check clubs and organizations of other family members (i.e. Grandparents, etc.) 
    • Help your son/daughter manage the time that is necessary to complete the applications to avoid stress.
     
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